• twobeers commented on the blog post Does Uber Make A Universal Basic Income Inevitable?

    2015-01-29 13:55:57View | Delete

    So if we are going to get well Ubered, then UBI should be part of the new deal.

    It should be, but it most assuredly won’t.

  • Yup.

    The function of the Democratic Party isn’t to promote progressive legislation, to champion the middle and lower classes, or to oppose the GOP.

    The purpose of the Democratic Party is to be the gatekeepers, to define the left boundary of permissible policy (and that boundary now is actually right of center). The purpose of the Democratic Party is exactly and precisely to prevent progressive legislation from being enacted.

    Republicans might be insane sociopaths, but they are not the problem. The Democratic Party, by diverting any policy left of GOP-lite into the shitter, is the actual problem.

    The Dems can’t go the way of the Whigs soon enough.

  • But one must focus only on areas of agreement between Obama and the Republicans

    Obama and the GOP disagree on a handful of identity-politics social issues that define the difference between the two parties. One party supports constant war, Wall St, Big Pharma, the police state, massive wealth inequality, and gay marriage. The other party is the GOP.

  • Idiot liberal Democrats = Charlie Brown
    Obama = Lucy

    We know that Obama always starts from an already compromised bargaining position to the right of what he should propose, and that the result will be something far to the right of what he proposes. He has no intention of passing any of these “liberal” programs, weak and tepid as they are.

    Clearly, no actual progressive policy will be enacted by this Congress. Everyone knows this except idiot liberal Democrats. Obama’s new-found faux-liberal stance has three objectives:

    1. To burnish his legacy, to make him the progressive hero of which history has proven him to be the antithesis, so that he will be cheered at future Democratic Conventions and continue his role as gatekeeper in establishing the leftward bounds of the party;
    2. To rally the idiot troops in advance of Billary ’16;

    and most importantly,

    3. to use as bargaining chips to get the idiot liberal Democrats to go along with TPP, more drones, augmenting the police state, and maintaining the Wall St stranglehold on economic and legal policy. And, ultimately, Obama will abandon his stance against Keystone, in exchange for a few meager and nominal liberal beans that won’t do shit but which will elate the idiot liberal Democrats.

    In return for TPP, Keystone, more drones, the shredding of what’s left of the Bill of rights (save the 2nd Amendment — that’s gold, Jerry!), and the continued pipeline of cash from the Fed to Wall St, idiot liberal Democrats will be given and will salivate over a $100 community college credit (to be paid off with mandatory military service). That’s it.

    85% popularity among Democrats? They’re even stupider than I thought.

  • Jon apparently doesn’t remember any of Obama’s frequent violations of supposed principle.b Jon apparently has an exceedingly poor memory.

    Hey Jon! Lay off the hooter! It’s making you look very silly.

  • …Obama’s Principles.

    Hilarious. Thanks for the laugh.

    Uh, you were joking, right?

  • But Pantaleo also contended because Garner could still speak and say, “I can’t breathe,” he, “in fact, could breathe.”

    Brilliant logic. Throw the witch in the water. If she drowns, she wasn’t a witch. The obvious way for Garner to indicate he was being suffocated was to simply silently let himself be choked to death.

    Since when are the accused allowed to testify in their defense to a Grand Jury? That’s for the trial, not the GJ.

    By protecting the accused, the DA is an accessory to murder!

  • twobeers commented on the blog post Uber Discloses Interest in Destroying Critics in Media

    2014-11-18 14:17:20View | Delete

    Unfettered capitalism, yay!

  • twobeers commented on the blog post Obama Battles His Own Appointee On Net Neutrality

    2014-11-12 11:22:47View | Delete

    Obama isn’t “battling” his appointee; Obama is lying (as usual) to fool those idiots who still think he’s anything other than a right-wing neo-liberal neo-con.

  • twobeers commented on the diary post Who Should the Democrats Fire? by masaccio.

    2014-11-09 11:43:55View | Delete

    Who should they fire? They should fire everyone, go out of business, and start over. Then, there should be two new parties: A left of center party, and a “center” party. The current Dem party has one primary function: to keep left-of-center economic issues off the table. “Firing” a few Dem strategists won’t get progressive [...]

  • twobeers commented on the blog post Climate Change Policies Dead In The Water With New Congress

    2014-11-06 12:55:30View | Delete

    It’s going to be a tough two years for the climate.

    Yeah, because it was smooth sailing when Obama had a Dem House and Senate, and then a Dem Senate.

    The big, bad GOP stories just don’t fly anymore. Almost everyone sees the kabuki Mutt & Jeff act for what it is, certainly most readers here do. Why do you keep flogging this, and who do you think you’re fooling?

  • They probably will start impeachment hearings, but it won’t go anywhere. It’s kabuki, and will be used to rally the GOP and Dem tribes, like cheerleaders at a football game. Obama and the GOP are similar on most positions. He will approve most of their bills.

    The GOP will introduce a slew of social issue bills to appease the theocon low-IQ contingent. Obama will veto those, and he will be hailed by the Dem dupes as a great progressive hero.

    That’s my prediction. What do I know? I was lambasted in 2008 when I said that Obama was a Tojan horse who, based on his short senatorial voting record, would expand the security state and run interference on any attempt to hold Wall St accountable for its crimes. Obama far exceeded my expectations. I didn’t foresee that his admin would engineer the largest transfer of wealth from the workers to the oligarchs that the world has ever seen.

  • Warren is a minor figure in the Senate. She’s says the right things about holding Wall St accountable for fraud and restructuring the financial system. She’s not a Wall St corporate neo-liberal, but rather a traditional Main St corporate liberal. Otherwise, she’s basically a typical moderate Dem, not much different from Feinstein. She’s no progressive savior, and positing her as such is as stupid as the dupes who made Obama their Savior despite a senatorial voting record that clearly indicated he was a neo-liberal neo-con.

    But your message to clap louder is duly noted.

  • Shamus Cooke has an interesting article up at COunterPunch this morning about what to expext form the GOP Congress.

    He thinks there will a lot more cooperation than people expect, because the GOP and Obama are identical on so many issues.

    Cooke thinks there will be the appearance of enmity, as the GOP introduces extreme social issue bills (abortion, prayer, gay issues, etc) to appease the theocratic nut base. Obama will veto these bills, allowing him to regain cred with the dupes and rally the Dem base, just in time to make the 2016 election closer than it looks now.

    This seems like a very plausible script. The GOP wants Obama in office during the election so that they can run against the muslim commie, so any attempt at impeachment will be kabuki.

  • Sounds about right.

  • Lies, yes. Incompetence, no.

  • This headline makes no sense.

    “Democrats” and “progressive policies” are mutually exclusive. They have nothing in common.

  • twobeers commented on the blog post IRS Seizing Funds Without Even Bringing Charges

    2014-10-28 12:07:55View | Delete

    Americans are guilty until proven innocent.

  • Yeah, that sentence caught me, too. Hey, I’ve got an idea: let’s mount a letter-writing campaign to the White House to convince Obama to be the magical savior the progressives and liberals fooled themselves into thinking he was, instead of being the neo-con/neo liberal he’s always obviously been to anyone who was actually paying attention to what he did instead of to what he said.

    His Senate voting record told you all you needed to know about who this guy was, but listening to his speeches and voting for him sure made some people feel pretty good about themselves.

  • Obama said that there needed to be a review of whether the police were being given the proper training to use their deadly military toys; I didn’t hear him question the wisdom of actually giving the police these deadly toys.

    From Obama’s POV, the police are probably not using these weapons effectively. i.e. not enough civilians are being massacred by the police. “C’mon police: if you can’t kill more folks with these things, why the heck are we giving them to you?”

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